In January 2017 I was in the gym doing biceps curls when it happened. My bicep muscle snapped and that sh*t hurt...bad! Not only was I in pain, but there would be no more gym for a while.
My good friend Igor, recommended I listen to a podcast by Tim Ferriss, about the Ketogenic diet. The podcast discussed the many benefits of keto, such as improved clarity, weight loss and a good way to preserving muscle, exactly what I wanted. This podcast motivated me to really dive deep into my research on keto and nutrition.
What I discovered was that by changing my diet from the standard American diet, to a high fat, moderate protein, and low carb diet, my metabolism would switch to burn fat instead of glucose. I thought this was pretty cool considering that we are actually born to burn fat. We eat fatty mother's breast milk as babies. Our bodies are born and stay in ketosis(fat burn mode) until we are introduced to the Standard American Diet.
When I made the decision to do keto, i was all in. This is Step 1(Make a decision). I was tired of being sluggish with low energy, not motivated, and hated the overall direction my body was heading.
I tracked and monitored everything I ate and drank. If the food didn't fit the criteria for success than I asked myself, "Jeremy is it worth it to lose 4-7 days of progress for this pizza?"- Even though pizza is my favorite food, the answer seemed to always be no. This goes back to Step 1.
The basic formula for a ketogenic diet is 70% of your calories should come from healthy fats, 20-25% healthy proteins and 5-10% carbs.
After a few days following this program my body started to produce ketone bodies. This is another fuel source for the body to use for energy. Instead of using glucose, my body now could use these ketone bodies, plus the fat I was eating for fuel. Fat is fuel! This change in my metabolism helped me lose 7lbs my first 7 days. I instantly started to feel better. I was more motivated. I had more energy and clarity. It even helped lower my anxiety.
I continue to eat this way now, accept now I mix it up, from fat burn mode to glucose burn mode every so often. I believe it's good to keep our metabolism flexible. In total I have dropped around 30 lbs of fat and have managed to keep it off for the past 5 years. I think what's important here is to make lasting changes through an easy and enjoyable lifestyle of eating. It doesn't have to be hard.
My Clients have also seen great success switching to fat burn mode. I would say on average they lose 10-15 lbs their first 4 weeks.
I would highly encourage to speak to your physician before making any drastic dietary changes. Again, this is only what works for me and my clients. I am in no way promoting this as the correct way to eat for you. Please do your own research and find out what is best for you.
Thanks for reading and have a blessed day.